Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. For more about this section, see:


Life on Earth is in danger — New report reveals that Earth's vital signs have deteriorated to levels unprecedented in human history (SciTechDaily)

William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry, and former OSU postdoctoral researcher Christopher Wolf are the lead authors of the report, and 10 other U.S. and global scientists are co-authors.

What happens when U.S. insurers stop covering prescribed burns? (Ensia)

“We tend to think of fire as this malicious thing that we can’t work with because it’s inherently unpredictable,” says Chris Adlam, a regional fire specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service who’s involved with the Rogue Valley Prescribed Burn Association.

Wyden, Merkley, Hoyle announce $833,000 to OSU to support Oregon food safety outreach (Gorge News Center)

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley with U.S. Representative Val Hoyle today announced a federal investment of $833,127 for Oregon State University to develop food safety outreach programs. 

Oregon State University leads study of disease threatening honeybees (OPB)

Although the disease is not new, it appears to have gotten worse in the past five years, according to Andony Melathopoulos, an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture at OSU, and the co-principal investigator of the study.

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Fields of Gold: Sarah Caballero says, “This was the view of my walk to Wiegand Hall in late October. The fall leaves looked golden in the morning sunlight.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Seeking strategies to help students reduce test anxiety? Share the Academic Success Center’s Write It Out exercise with them. This provides an opportunity to write out anxieties/concerns, and then to throw them away (or recycle) before starting the exam. For more strategies to navigate test anxiety, share Taming Test Anxiety.

NEW! Charitable Fund Drive: Join the caring movement. Oregon State University’s Charitable Fund Drive (CFD) is in full swing. With more than 800 charities to support, your contribution makes a difference. When you give through the CFD, 100% of your donation goes to the organization(s) you designated. All CFD costs — less than 10% of funds raised — are paid by the participating charities. Make your tax-deductible donation at with a simple login. Replicate last year's donation or make a new one. Your compassion is needed.


Navigating Homophobia in BIPOC Communities: Join this gathering to discuss the impact of homophobia in BIPOC communities — especially on workplace experiences — and how to prioritize mental health and self-care when we feel its impact. This gathering is intended for people who identify as BIPOC and a sexual minority (including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bi, pansexual, queer or asexual). 9 a.m., Dec. 5. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

Navigating Impostor Syndrome: Join this gathering to talk about the realities of navigate impostor syndrome. We will also discuss strategies for overcoming impostor syndrome and self-care practices to bring with you on your journey. Noon, Dec. 5. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings, go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

Public Seed Library Lecture Series: Growing Sprouts and Microgreens Indoors. Come learn how to grow highly nutritious sprouts and microgreens indoors this winter from Benton County Master Gardeners Jill Farrow and Jennifer Klammer. There'll be samples of many crops to taste, and Public Seed Library organic microgreens and sprouts seeds to take home afterwards. Growing your own sprouts and microgreens is an inexpensive way to have easy year-round access to the freshest locally grown greens to meet your nutritional needs and support your health. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 5 at the Corvallis Public Library Meeting Room.

PFLA Zoom event: "Surviving the Holidays and Winter in the PNW."  An informal lunch-and-learn to share tips and strategies, plus resources for wellness and managing stress. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

Research Lecture: Rebekah Elliott, associate professor of mathematics education, will discuss a design research project on K-12 teacher leader anti-bias mathematics education professional development. The implications of the analysis will help teachers confront the ways whiteness shapes mathematics PD. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5, Zoom:

DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer. Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools into their work. Zoom session from 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Registration required.

OSULP Seminar: Anne Bahde, rare book and history of science librarian, presents “Data Visualizations: Analyzing Subject Strengths Across SCARC Collections,”  followed by Adam Lindsley, OSU engineering librarian, “Using Photogrammetry to Share Library Special Collections and Archives Objects Online.” 2-3 p.m., Dec. 5, Willamette East classroom, third floor, Valley Library, Corvallis or Zoom. (More information & link

Travel Talk: The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Join an OSUAA Travel Talk webcast with Dave Stone, the College of Agricultural Sciences’ associate dean of international programs. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the dean’s tour, where you can meet the Dutch trailblazers driving amazing innovations in agriculture while exploring enchanting Delft, Amsterdam and the Friesland region. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Register today. 

Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert. OSU Music Technology and Production presents "Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert" at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 in the Milam Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all.

ICS 300 training: The three-day ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents is accepting registrations for the Dec. 5-7 class being offered at OSU. Enhance your incident command skills with a special focus on new concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course will also benefit anyone who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Information is located at:


NEW! Corvallis-OSU Symphony Annual Holiday Concert: Featuring holiday favorites with OSU choirs at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at The LaSells Stewart Center. Guest conductors Marlan Carlson, Steven Zielke, Sandra Babb and Raymund Ocampo. Tickets and more information at

NEW! Day of service: The Dr. MLK Day of Service will take place on Jan. 13. This event is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through volunteer service. A light breakfast, snacks and hot lunch will be provided to participants. Check-in and meals will be held in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page for details. Community Engagement & Leadership will provide transportation to and from service projects. Register here:

NEW! Winter Storytelling: Indigenous Stories of Place. Join members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde for an evening of storytelling in many forms including family stories, Ikanum (creation stories), contemporary stories, and readings. Some will be told in the Indigenous language then translated into English. This is a unique and first-time public event. No recordings will be allowed by the Confederated Tribes. Please attend to learn from and honor those who created a culture over thousands of years and created an environment that sustained itself using Traditional Ecological Knowledge. 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the OSU Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free, no registration, first-come, first-seated. For more info, contact Dave Eckert, [email protected].

OSU Guitar EnsembleDirected by Cameron O'Connor, the OSU Guitar Ensemble offers up a sampling of the world's music for the instrument, including Spanish favorites, Japanese pop and the Beatles reimagined. 7 p.m., Dec. 6 in Room 303 of Community Hall; free and open to all.

Emeritus Farewell: Everyone is invited to the farewell ceremony for Emeritus, the 80-foot tall sculpture by John Grade, which will be moving to Alaska after 14 months at OSU. We’ll have hot chocolate, share writing inspired by the sculpture, learn about its next installation and then turn off the lights as we say goodbye. 5-6 p.m., Dec. 7, sequoia grove in the Memorial Union Quad.

OSU Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A 1940s Radio Show by Thomas Nabhan. OSU Theatre will present, "A Christmas Carol: A 1940s Radio Show," a new twist on a beloved holiday classic by Thomas Nabhan. The production is directed by guest artist Tara Wibrew and features OSU students Dylan Danielson, Hannah Ford, Addison Hoppe, E.J. Penny and Rory Tegen. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, at Compton Family Wines in Philomath.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Selma Murwan Hamid Alrasheed M.S. defense: A presentation of Alrasheed’s thesis, titled: “How International Law Instruments Shape the Protection of Freshwater in Armed Conflict,” takes place at 10 a.m., Dec. 7, in Burt Hall 193. Alrasheed is earning her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management with Susanne Schmeier. Please contact the WRGP Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Emotional Wellness: Stress Reduction Tool Kit. How do you know you are stressed? Do you recognize the symptoms of stress? Explore the newest research and what experts are saying about good and bad stress. Participants will gain tools to manage stress, including mindful communication. 10 a.m., Dec. 7. Register today.

NEW! Maintaining Mental Health During Financial Shifts and Changes: Join this gathering to process the impact that financial stress has on your mental health and well-being. We will share helpful self-care strategies for promoting financial well-being while managing unexpected financial shifts and changes. Noon, Dec. 7. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

NEW! Final Grades tool: Join Academic Technologies and Office of the Registrar from 2-3 p.m., Dec. 7, for a 30-minute overview on the new Final Grades tool in Canvas. Faculty will learn how to export their final course grades from Canvas into a Banner-ready Excel format. We will have time after the overview for Q&A. Please register using OSU ONID email. Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Navigating the Holiday Season: Join this gathering to discuss the mental and emotional challenges that can come up during the holiday season. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this time. 9 a.m., Dec. 6. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace: Join this gathering to discuss how to achieve a healthier work-life balance and brainstorm what you can do to maintain it. Noon, Dec. 6. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

The Search for Lumbering Giants: Listening to the whispers of Behemoth Black Holes: The universe whispers to us across the vastness of spacetime, telling us about black holes, neutron stars and other compact objects — in the form of gravitational waves — a prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity unseen until this century. Join Jeff Hazboun from the Department of Physics at 6 p.m., Dec. 6 for the next Science Pub in person or online.

Elder Care ConnectionsJoin us for monthly, lunch-hour informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support your loved ones and yourself. Connect with other OSU community members providing care for a loved one. This month’s presentation is “Exploring Adult Day Services” with Grace Center. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 7. For Zoom meeting link and for accommodations, please email: [email protected].

Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Adult & Higher Education Doctoral Information Session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program: Noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 12. Please RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodation requests.

Michael Gordon Ph.D. Defense: Michael Gordon will present his dissertation, titled: “Host-induced gene silencing in black cottonwood for resistance to Septoria canker: Efficacy and impacts on non-target fungi,” at 1 p.m., Dec. 13, in PFSC 315 and on Zoom. Gordon is earning his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with co-advisors Steve Strauss of Forest Ecosystems and Society and Jared LeBoldus of Botany and Plant Pathology and Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for accommodations for disabilities or for the Zoom link.

Holiday networking webcast: The OSU Alumni Association is making spirits bright with "Festive Connections: Navigating Networking During the Holiday Season," 4 p.m., Dec. 14. Executive recruiter Nick Poloni, ’15, unwraps the secret for helping you “sleigh” your networking game during this most wonderful time of the year. Register for this engaging and informative webinar for free at

Take Note

NEW! BennyBuy: Effective Jan. 1, purchases through the BennyBuy punch-out catalogs for Hewlett Packard (HP) and Bluum (Troxell) will be limited to $25,000 and below. This change is due to the cooperative contracts supporting these punch-out catalogs no longer meeting OSU’s competitive requirements. For more information see Announcements located at

NEW! Reserve event space and support: Invite your guests to an elegant, technologically advanced space with an intimate and personal appeal. Friendly and capable center staff will manage all the details of your special event. Reserve space at the Alumni Center. 

NEW! Last chance for faculty development opportunity: Due date extended to Dec. 11 for CTL’s Winter ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. Be part of a supportive group of faculty focusing on resilience and teaching enhancement. Explore teaching strategies, useful ed tech tools and building resilience to thrive. See the call for participation and submit an expression of interest to by Dec. 11. Funding provided. 

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Molly Brown, assistant VP for marketing & communications at the OSU Foundation, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Hawai'i donation drive: The devastating fires in Lahaina in August resulted in the loss of life and property. OSU students, staff and community members who are from Maui and Hawai’i have been directly and indirectly impacted significantly. OSU Kokua Maui–Hui O Hawai’i is taking the lead along with other OSU entities to organize the collection and drop-offs, which take place from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 4-8, at the Beth Ray Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, new children’s toys and gift cards.

Internationalization Grant: The Office of Global Engagement is pleased to announce the Internationalization Grant application cycle for 2023-24, opening Dec. 1 and closing Jan. 31. This year, the grant is offered in three tracks, aligned with Oregon State University’s new strategic plan “Prosperity Widely Shared,” focusing on research and innovation, global and intercultural learning and career and workforce development. Grant funds are provided through the INTO OSU Joint Venture Internationalization Fund. Full details are available on the website.

OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner award: OSU President Emeritus Ed Ray has been chosen for the OSU Foundation’s 2023 OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner Award, which honors faculty and staff who promote a culture of philanthropy at the university. “Throughout Ed’s 17-year tenure as president – and his ongoing involvement as a faculty member – he has been an extraordinary philanthropic leader,” said Larry Landis, a member of the OSU Loyal Advisory Committee that selected the award winner in this third annual tradition.

Thank you to employee donors: Thank you to all faculty and staff who have made a gift to the university this year. You are OSU Loyal, and a Nov. 28 gathering at Peavy Forest Science Center celebrated your impact on students. Basic Needs Center peer navigator Denna Alnasser noted that the food pantry has served 8,500+ people this fall, with your support: “It is so great to see students leave with needs met and a smile on their face.”

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Workplace Violence. Every day, we see workplace violence on the news. However, reports and statistical analysis of workplace violence document the low probability of injury or death due to violence. Still, being prepared and knowing how to respond to violence in the workplace is important in case it should occur. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

We need volunteers: OSU VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Learn how to do income taxes. Help others do their taxes. Gain valuable experience to add to your resume. We partner with the IRS to help underserved populations. Get trained and certified. What is VITA? Interested? General information meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 11, Austin Hall Room TBA. Questions?

OSU Today holiday schedule: OSU Today will switch to weekly editions Dec. 18, with no edition the week of Dec. 25. Daily issues will return Jan. 8.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing links to several free safety training resources from SAIF available to OSU managers, supervisors, and employees. For more information on Safety at OSU visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Mindful Self Compassion 10-week Program: Kate Gallagher will guide a 10-week mindful self compassion program starting Jan. 10 at the Marigold Center. MSC is an empirically supported method that improves mood, relationships and resilience and reduces harsh self-criticism. Registration is open and the cost is $400 for educators and $450 for the public. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates. Contact with questions.

PRISM submissions are now open: Submit your art, poetry, prose, music, films, photography and more to OSU's annual student-run art and literature journal. Take your chance at getting published. Submission form found in our Instagram bio or at; the deadline is Dec. 15.

Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due Dec. 15. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of winter term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Legacy Awards: Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 8. Each award comes with a $500 stipend as a token of appreciation and to celebrate the outstanding contributions of the recipients to make OSU more just and inclusive. Award recipients and nominees will be honored at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 15. Register for the Peace Breakfast here.

Students: Borrow your textbooks for free. The Basic Needs Center has a Textbook Lending Library open to all on-campus students that includes books, calculators, chemistry model sets and more. Visit their website to see if they have your books or request one if they don’t. Checkouts begin January 8th; request your book by Dec. 11 to check it out at the start of the term. Pop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747 or email [email protected] for questions and more textbook affordability advice.

Policy updates: Fiscal policies for memberships, dues & subscriptions, surplus property salesFOAPAL elements and Exhibit 003-02 Account Codes have been updated. Please see the FPP website for more information and contact the policy steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Student Pricing for All at The Marigold Center: From Nov. 27-Dec. 11, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, contemplative dance, mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

Flex Pass: Keep moving through the holidays and winter term with Faculty Staff Fitness. Get a Flex Pass for Dec. 11-15. Purchase in Langton 123. Winter 2024 registration opens Dec. 1. Sign up for two weeks of online FSF for $15, available Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Winter term online FSF for $45 begins Jan. 1. Visit the FSF website for schedules, more information and to register.

Gift Drive for OSU Kids Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kids Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children for those in the OSU community struggling to purchase gifts during holidays and celebrations. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each year’s gift closet is a huge success and we have many grateful families. You can give in a variety of ways: Amazon Registry that ships directly to FRC; the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis (you can leave the gift in our donation box); or you can bring in any new and unwrapped gifts to OLV|Milne in the lower level of Milne from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be collecting gifts until Dec. 8. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please contact [email protected].


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! University Human Resources is hiring an HR Onboarding Support Services Coordinator. This is a new position which will lead the HR Onboarding Team. Posting #P07552UF. Full consideration Dec. 12. Closes Dec. 26.

NEW! University Human Resources is hiring an HR Support Specialist for the Cascades Campus in Bend. This position will be located in Bend and expected to work onsite. Posting #P07553UF. Full consideration Dec. 12. Closes  Dec. 26.

NEW! 4-H Outreach Program Coordinator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement, 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Youth Development Outreach Program Coordinator position based in Ontario. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position serving Malheur County, one of 10 Oregon counties identified as a frontier county. The anticipated starting salary for this position is $57,200-$63,200, commensurate with skills, education and experience. Posting #P07572UF. Closes Dec. 31.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Kerr parking lot: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr south parking lot closure has been extended until Jan. 8 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.

NEW! LaSells Stewart Center: As part of the LaSells Stewart Center Mechanical & Roof Renewal Project, a section of SW Stadium Avenue, located directly behind The LaSells Stewart Center and just south of Bloss Hall, will be closed to allow for crane activity from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 6. The entrance to SW Stadium Avenue from SW Western Boulevard will be closed. Both the east and west sidewalks on Stadium Avenue, directly behind The LaSells Stewart Center, will be closed. A vehicle detour will be available from Western Boulevard along the east and north side of the LaSells Stewart Center East parking lot. Stadium Avenue north of this area is closed under a separate notification for construction activity related to the Bloss Hall Renovation project. The LaSells Stewart Center East parking lot (#3259) will remain open. (View map)

Stadium Avenue: As part of the Bloss Hall Renovation project, a section SW Stadium Avenue, located between CH2M Hill Alumni Center and Bloss Hall, will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Jan. 5. Multiple parking spaces in the Bloss Hall West parking lot (bordering Stadium Ave.) will also be closed. In addition, the sidewalk on the west side of Bloss Hall will be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)


"In cold December fragrant chaplets blow, and heavy harvests nod beneath the snow." ~ Alexander Pope

Corvallis: Rain, high of 58, low of 51. Rain Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of rain; high of 57, low of 41. Rain Wednesday.

Newport: Heavy rain and breezy; high of 58, low of 51. Rain and breezy Wednesday.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: